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Synonyms for idle

Synonyms for idle

marked by a lack of action or activity

resistant to exertion and activity

not occupied or put to use

lacking value, use, or substance

having no basis or foundation in fact

to pass time without working or in avoiding work

to pass (time) without working or in avoiding work

to cause to cease regular activity

Synonyms for idle

the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling

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run disconnected or idle

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not in action or at work

without a basis in reason or fact

not in active use

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silly or trivial

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lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

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not yielding a return

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not having a job

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References in classic literature ?
He was under the necessity of teaching and translating from the classics, to eke out his scanty means, yet was generally expected to have more time to spare than the idlest person in the parish, and more money than the richest.
None knew this better than the idlest boys, who, growing bolder with impunity, waxed louder and more daring; playing odd-or-even under the master's eye, eating apples openly and without rebuke, pinching each other in sport or malice without the least reserve, and cutting their autographs in the very legs of his desk.
In the past he has always had the opinion that the British workers were the idlest you could imagine.
Naipaul visits the rural district of Coronie, feeling curious about its African-Caribbean inhabitants who are reputed to be "the idlest people in Surinam" (193).
HUSBANDS in South Wales are the idlest in the land when it comes to do-it-yourself.